Heath Streak, the esteemed former captain and coach of Zimbabwe’s cricket team, has firmly debunked the recent death hoax that was making rounds on social media.
The 49-year-old, renowned as Zimbabwe’s premier bowler, was erroneously reported to have succumbed to cancer by some ex-teammates and media sources.
In truth, Heath Streak has clarified that he is undergoing treatment in South Africa and is indeed “alive and well.”
How did the death hoax start?
The origin of the death hoax can be traced back to a message posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) by Henry Olonga, Streak’s longtime teammate and former Zimbabwe fast bowler.
Olonga’s tweet read:
“Sad news coming through that Heath Streak has crossed to the other side.
RIP @ZimCricketv legend. The greatest all-rounder we produced.
It was a pleasure playing with you.
See you on the other side when my bowling spell comes to an end.”
This tweet was picked up by numerous media outlets and cricket enthusiasts, who expressed their grief and condolences over Streak’s alleged passing.
Some reports even mentioned that Streak was grappling with colon and liver cancer.
How did Streak respond to the death hoax?
Heath Streak responded to the situation by reaching out to Olonga via WhatsApp, and their conversation screenshot was shared on X.
Streak’s message reassured Olonga that he was “alive and well” and undergoing non-serious treatment in South Africa.
In response to the confusion, Olonga apologized, deleted his original tweet, and clarified Streak’s actual status.
What is Heath Streak’s current situation?
As for Heath Streak’s present circumstances, details remain murky since he hasn’t issued any public statement regarding his health or the death hoax incident.
However, some sources suggest that he is receiving chemotherapy for colon and liver cancer at a Johannesburg hospital.
Heath Streak’s cancer diagnosis emerged in 2022, following his resignation from his coaching role with Zimbabwe Cricket after a match-fixing controversy.
His violation of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code led to an eight-year ban.
How has the cricket world reacted to Heath Streak’s death hoax?
The cricket community’s response to the death hoax was a blend of shock and relief.
Former and current players, coaches, commentators, and fans expressed support and prayers for Streak on various social media platforms.
Notable messages included:
Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian captain and batting legend:
“Heath Streak is one of the finest cricketers and gentlemen I have ever met. I am glad to hear that he is alive and well. Wishing him a speedy recovery and a long life.”
Ricky Ponting, former Australian captain and coach:
“I was heartbroken when I heard the news of Heath Streak’s death. He was a great competitor and a wonderful person. I am relieved to know that it was a hoax and he is doing fine. Sending him lots of love and strength.”
Graeme Smith, former South African captain and director of cricket:
“Heath Streak is a fighter and a survivor. He has faced many challenges in his life and career, but he has always overcome them with grace and courage. I am happy to hear that he is alive and well. Praying for his health and happiness.”
The trending headline “Heath Streak is alive: Zimbabwe cricket legend debunks death hoax” encapsulates the recent turn of events.
Streak’s resilience in the face of cancer and his assurance of his well-being have garnered support from the cricket world, where well-wishes continue to pour in as he battles on.
Facts About Heath Streak
|Heath Hilton Streak
|Date of Birth
|March 16, 1974
|Place of Birth
|Right-arm fast-medium bowler, Right-handed batsman
|1993 – 2005
|Zimbabwe, Matabeleland, Warwickshire, Mashonaland, KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins
|March 8, 1993 vs. Pakistan
|March 25, 1993 vs. Sri Lanka
|Leading wicket-taker for Zimbabwe in Tests and ODIs, Captain of Zimbabwe cricket team, First Zimbabwean to take 100 Test wickets
|Coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team, Various coaching roles in domestic and franchise cricket
|Banned by ICC for 8 years in 2018 for breaching anti-corruption code
|Son of Dennis Streak, former Zimbabwean cricketer and national team coach
|Holds a degree in Sports Science, has been involved in wildlife conservation
|Battled cancer, underwent chemotherapy, involved in coaching and cricket development